Mr Bashiru Olamilekan, a 45-year-old man who allegedly refused to pay his son’s N325, 000 bill and abandoned him in hospital for seven months, has been arraigned at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The bricklayer who lives at 15, Babayemi Street, Alagbado, a Lagos suburb, is being tried for breach of peace and refusing to pay his son’s bill.
Prosecutor Clifford Ogu told the court that the offences were committed between June 25, 2017 and January 2018 at Rem-Yem Hospital, Ijaiye, Lagos.
He said the accused’s eight-year-old son was knocked down by a driver and was taken to hospital.
“Since then, the accused refused to show up, leaving the son and his wife to fend for themselves.
“The driver who knocked down the boy gave the accused money, but he refused to pay the bill,” Ogu said.
He added that the accused person’s son had been in hospital since then and was discharged last September.
“The hospital management wrote a petition against the accused and he was arrested. The hospital bill is N325,000 ,” the prosecutor said.
The offences violate sections 166(d) and 321 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.